Help Me Choose: Video Cards

GeForce your PC with NVIDIA Graphics
Whether you’re gaming, watching DVDs or editing video on your Alienware desktop, the quality of the graphics you experience is only as good as your video card. Along with the computer monitor itself, the video card determines the number of colors that can be displayed, as well as the contrast, resolution and overall gaming graphics.

Available Configurations

Single Graphics Card Options

Multi-GPU Graphics Card Options


Dual Graphics Card Options

  Dual Video Card with Dual GPUs Options 

Triple Graphics Card Options 

  
Desktop GraphicsNVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 745
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 750 Ti
AMD Radeon™
R9 270
 
AMD Radeon™
R9 370
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 760 Ti
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 960
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 770
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 970
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 980
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 980Ti
NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX TITAN X
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX Titan Z
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 960
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 770
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 970
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 980
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 980Ti
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX TITAN X
DUAL NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX TITAN Z
TRIPLE AMD Radeon™
R9 290X
 
TRIPLE NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 770
 
TRIPLE NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 980
 
TRIPLE NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX 980Ti
TRIPLE NVIDIA®
GeForce® GTX TITAN X
Available On:

Alienware X51

 

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Discrete Memory4GB DDR32G GDDR52G GDDR54G GDDR52GB GDDR52G GDDR52GB GDDR54G GDDR54G GDDR56 GDDR512 GDDR512 GDDR54GB GDDR5
(2 x 2GB)
4GB GDDR5
(2 x 2GB)
8GB GDDR5
(2 x 4GB)
8GB GDDR5
(2 x 4GB)
12 GDDR5
(2x6GB)
24 GDDR5
(2x12GB)
24 GDDR5
(2 x 12 GB)
12GB GDDR5
(3 x 4GB)
6GB GDDR5
(3 x 2GB)
12GB GDDR5
(3 x 4GB)
12 GDDR5
(3x6GB)
36 GDDR5
(3x12GB)
Width    Single SlotSingle SlotDual slotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual Slot    Dual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotTriple SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotDual SlotTriple SlotDual SlotDual Slot Dual Slot Dual SlotDual Slot
Approximate Wattage<75W<75W150W150W175W120W230W145W    165W250W250 W375W240W (2 x 120W)460W (2 x 230W)290W (2 x 145W)330W (2 x 165W)500W (2 x 250W)500W (2 x 250W)750 W (2 x 375W)900W (3 x 300W)690W (3 x 230W)495W (3 x 165W)750W (3 x 250W)750W (3 x 250W)
Controller Speed/Graphics Clock (MHz)1033MHz1020MHzUp to 925MHz975MHz915 MHz1127 Mhz1046 MHz1050 MHz    1126 MHz1000Mhz1000 Mhz705 MHz1127 Mhz1046 MHz1050 MHz1126 Mhz    1000Mhz1000Mhz705 MhzUp to 1GHz1046MHz1126Mhz1000Mhz1000Mhz
On Board Memory Speed900MHz2700MHz1400MHz1450MHz3004 MHz3500 Mhz3505 MHz3505 MHz3505 MHz3500MHz3500 Mhz3500Mhz3500MHz3505 MHz3505 MHz3505 MHz3500MHz3500MHz3500 Mhz    1250MHz3505 MHz3505 MHz3500MHz3500MHz
On Board Memory Data Width128-bit128-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit128-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit384bit384-bit768-bit128-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit384bit384bit768-bit    512-bit    256-bit 256-bit 384bit384bit
API supportedDirectX 11, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11.2,
OpenGL 4.4,
OpenCL 1.2
DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, MantleDirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, MantleDirectX11,OpenGL 4.1DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL  4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, MantleDirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.4, OpenCL 1.2
Maximum Resolution2560x1600 DVI2560x1600 DVI2650x1600 DP2650x1600 DP3840x2160 @60 DP4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
Dual DP
3840x2160 @60 DP4096x2160x24
 bpp @ 60 single DP
5120x3200
Dual DP
4096x2160x24
bpp @ 60 single DP
5120x3200
Dual DP
4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
dual DP
4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
Dual DP
4096x2160x24
bpp @ 60
4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
Dual DP
3840x2160 @60 DP4096x2160x24
bpp @ 60 single DP
5120x3200
Dual DP
4096x2160x24
bpp @ 60 single DP
5120x3200
Dual DP
4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
dual DP
4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
dual DP
4096x2160x24
bpp @ 60
4096x2160 DP3840 X 2160 @ 60 DP4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
dual DP
4096 X 2160 X 24 bpp @ 60
single DP
5120x3200
dual DP
3840x2160 @ 30
4096x2160 @ 24
HDMI
3840x2160 @ 30
4096x2160 @ 24
HDMI
1920x1080 HDMI1920x1080 HDMI3840x2160 @ 30
4096x2160 @ 24
HDMI
4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI3840x2160 @ 30
4096x2160 @ 24 HDMI
4096x2160x24
bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI
4096x2160x24
bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI
4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI 4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI3840x2160 @30
4096x2160 @ 24 HDMI
4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI3840x2160 @30
4096x2160 @ 24 HDMI
4096x2160x24 bpp @60 Hz HDMI4096x2160x24 bpp @60 Hz HDMI4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI3840x2160 @ 30
4096x2160 @ 24 HDMI
4096x2160 HDMI3840 X 2160 @ 30
4096 x 2160 @ 24 HDMI
4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI4096 × 2160 × 24 bpp @ 60 Hz HDMI
 2048 x 1536 VGA 2048 x 1536 VGA2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link) 2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)2560x1600 DVI (Dual Link)
DVI Support Yes YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYesYes Yes Yes Yes YesYesYes
Dual-display CapableYes YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYes Yes Yes Yes Yes YesYesYes
HDMI SupportYes YesYesYes YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYesYes Yes Yes Yes YesYesYes
HDCP SupportYes YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes YesYesYes Yes Yes Yes YesYesYes
I/O portsDL DVI-D+HDMI+VGAOne Dual Link
DVI-I, One Dual Link DVI-D,
One mini-HDMI
Stacked Dual Link DVI (DVI-I, DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPort Stacked Dual Link DVI (DVI-I, DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-D, One Dual Link DVI-I, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
1.2
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2One Dual Link DVI-I, One Single Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort
1.2
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2Stacked Dual Link (DVI-I,DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPortDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 per cardOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Single Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort 1.2 per cardDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 per card Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 per cardStacked Dual Link (DVI-I,DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPort per cardStacked Dual Link DVI (DVI-I, DVI-D), One HDMI, One DisplayPortOne Dual Link DVI-I, One Single Link DVI-D, One HDMI, One DisplayPort 1.2 per cardDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 per cardDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 per cardDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2 per card
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If you want to ... Choose ... 
Experience full, rich, smooth, immersive 3D gaming at high resolutions with maximum detail. A dual video card configuration can handle all applications that a single discrete video card can handle, plus:
  • The newest and most demanding game applications
  • Gaming development applications
 Aurora
Tackle complex graphics and applications. A discrete video card can handle all the applications that an integrated card can handle, plus:
  • Play many modern PC game titles at 1080p high-definition (HD) resolutions with medium to high settings
  • Enjoy 3D games, movies and other media via an HDMI™ 1.4 output port
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How video cards work

Discrete video cards can provide better performance, as compared to integrated video cards. Discrete video cards are separate from the motherboard and include a specialized graphics processing unit (GPU). Because of their onboard GPU, discrete video cards don’t have to share the CPU with other programs.

Discrete video cards include memory of their own, measured in gigabytes (GB). Graphics memory is used by the GPU to accelerate graphics performance, store textures using game graphics and make gaming, movies and other entertainment intensely realistic. High-performance graphics cards require a significant amount of graphics memory.


How to get the highest performance


In Aurora™, NVIDIA® video cards use a technology called Scalable Link Interface (SLI™) to enable two cards to work together when processing graphics data. Naturally, having two video cards working together to render graphics increases the available frame rate and provides more depth and detail. With the added horsepower of dual graphics cards, you can use higher-resolution displays and enjoy high-definition (HD) gaming without sacrificing graphics performance.